Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson)

~June 1, 1926- August 4, 1962~

"I’m 36 years old. I don’t mind the age. I like the view from here. The future is here for me, and I have to make the most of it - as every woman must. So when you hear all this talk of how tardy I am, of how often it seems that I make people wait, remember - I’m waiting too, I’ve been waiting all my life.”

"Maybe I’ll never be able to do what I hope to, but at least I have hope."

"We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets."

"I will be as sensitive as I am—without being ashamed of it."

"With fame, you know, you can read about yourself, somebody else’s ideas about you, but what’s important is how you feel about yourself - for survival and living day to day with what comes up."

"I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else."

"That’s the trouble, a sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate to be a thing. But if I’m going to be a symbol of something, I’d rather have it sex than some other things they’ve got symbols of!"

"The only acting I’ll do is for the camera. I was determined, no one was going to use me or my body—even if he could help my career. I’ve never gone out with a man I didn’t want to. No one, not even the studio, could force me to date someone. The one thing I hate more than anything else is being used. I’ve always worked hard for the sake of someday becoming a talented actress. I knew I would make it someday if I only kept at it and worked hard without lowering my principles and pride in myself."

"I think if other girls know how bad I was when I started they’ll be encouraged. I finally made up my mind I wanted to be an actress and I was not going to let my lack of confidence ruin my chances."

"My only desire is to do my best, the best that I can from the moment the camera starts until it stops. That moment I want to be perfect, as perfect as I can make it."

"If my life could be lived again I would make every decision-except about being an actress-differently. But the result would probably be the same, so it has all been worth it."

"People expect to find me one of two things, either a tart or a dumb blonde. I’m neither. The fact is that I’m lonely—in spite of the fastest ride to popularity that any girl ever had. Too much publicity makes you lonely. Suddenly you see people speaking to you and being nice to you. But they never did before, and you feel it’s happening only because you’re now a ‘personality.’ And with me, I know, it would have meant a lot more to have had a few words of encouragement before—when I really needed them."

"As long as one is alive, one can be vital. But you don’t give up until you stop breathing."

"I’m thirty-six years old. I’m just getting started! As far as I’m concerned, the happiest time of my life is now. There’s a future, and I can’t wait to get to it. It should be interesting."

"Remember now: cheers, no tears!"